Now that’s a headline I’d like to read, if the next line was “over the chaos that is public education, read government schools“.
With the unrest and demand for democracy in the Middle East it seems to me that parents in the US should be clamoring for their own “say” – a say in how their children are being educated. Parents pay the tax dollars that fun the schools they send their children to. Parents who send their children to independent/private schools are paying twice for their children’s education. Why is it that no one is storming the capitol buildings?! Why are we so passive, so accepting?
Conventional education has made so many promises about reform and “now we’ve got it figured out” and they fail to deliver over and over again. Einstein was right, wasn’t he, when he said that the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” – isn’t that us? Isn’t that the legacy of public/conventional education?
It’s time to walk up those stairs and DEMAND something better for our children. Demand that the schools stop being “schools” in any conventional sense. Demand that education set as its goal the preparation of people to go off and live their lives, that it be set up to follow natural patterns of development, that it take children on a powerful journey of self-discovery. Why can’t we have this? Why aren’t we demanding it? Since when are Americans willing to put up with something mediocre or worse, and not take matters into their own hands with a little ingenuity and simply come up with a better way? Since when? What’s happened that the revolution is happening elsewhere and we sit back placidly watching it?
Has freedom lulled us into complacency?